Shakil Choudhury is an award-winning educator and consultant with more than 20 years experience in the field of diversity, equity and inclusion. He has trained senior leaders across sectors and developed measurement tools for organizations, helping improve their diversity outcomes. Internationally, Shakil has designed and led peace-building projects for communities in conflict, specifically in Europe and South America. He lives in Toronto and is currently experiencing his most challenging and rewarding management experience: his two toddlers teaching him about fatherhood.
- Masters Degree, Environmental Studies, York University
- Bachelor of Education, University of Toronto
- Bachelor of Physical Education, McMaster University
- Somatic Experiencing Trauma CertificationTM, The Foundation for Human Enrichment, In Process
- Psychology of Group Conflict CertificationTM, Process Work Institute, 2017
- Coaching for Power Intelligence CertificationTM, Diamond Leadership, 2017
- EQ in Relationship CertificationTM, Learning in Action Technologies, 2009
About the book, Deep Diversity: Overcoming Us vs Them
“Deep Diversity is intimately tied to my personal and professional story. It’s a culmination of 20 years teaching and learning from thousands of people across 4 continents, one emotional burnout in my early 30s and a childhood in small town Canada pretending I was white. In trying to reconcile my place in the world—who I
was personally and what I did professionally—led me to explore and integrate a variety of perspectives into my work including psychology, neuroscience, bias research, social justice as well as mindfulness meditation.
My ultimate goal in writing this book is to help average people regardless of identity, have a conversation about racism and discrimination—something that’s tough, almost taboo, to talk about openly—and bring hope to a topic that can feel so ultimately despairing. Using a compassionate but challenging approach, this book helps identify the racial blindspots we all possess and offers practical solutions about how to break the ‘prejudice habits’ we’ve learned in order to tackle systemic discrimination.
The book also includes stories of my own “inclusion errors” such as underestimating the abilities of a person in a wheel chair or discounting someone because of their “foreign sounding name.” And successes such as supporting a group of diverse young leaders in Europe emotionally process the terrorist attack on the London Underground as the tragedy unfolded in 2005.”
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“Working with Shakil using the Deep Diversity framework has been a great experience. We were looking for an educational experience for our Executive Team who was intrigued but had not yet fully recognized the importance of the topic. Anima’s approach made it feel like we were working with an organizational insider vs. outsider…. Shakil did a brilliant job of facilitating sensitive conversations while assisting our Executive Team in incorporating cultural competency into our future strategy discussions.
~ Lee Wiersma, Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, University of Wisconsin Credit Union
“Through expert advice and valuable consultations, Shakil and the Anima Leadership team knew exactly how to turn our vision into reality. Their professionalism, attention to detail and honesty made our relationship a positive one. As a result, Anima Leadership has produced a series of innovative educational tools and products for the Racism-Free Workplace Strategy that will further facilitate our abilities to work constructively with federally regulated employers to advance visible minority inclusion in the workplace.”
~ Wesley Grant, Racism Free Workplace Strategy, Department of Labour, Government of Canada
“The Deep Diversity session offered by Shakil was excellent for my professional development as a leader. It provided me with an opportunity to examine my own biases and beliefs and to extend this understanding to gain a deeper understanding of equity and inclusivity, particularly in creating safe, respectful and supportive working and learning environments for all students and staff. I highly recommend this leadership institute for supervisory officers and principals/vice-principals in school districts.”
~ Catherine Portt, Superintendent, Hastings Prince, Edward District School Board
- Shakil Choudhury quoted in “’It’s a constant battle’: 20% of Canadians say they experience racism, survey reveals,” by Mark Gollom, December 9, 2019.
- Shakil Choudhury quoted in “A Beginner’s Guide for Practicing Diversity: How to Explain Diversity and Inclusion to Parents and Administrators at Independent Schools” by Mariah Stewart, August 26, 2019.
- Shakil Choudhury interviewed by Angela Russell, “Conversation with Shakil Choudhury” by CUNA Mutual Group, May 20, 2019.
- Shakil Choudhury interviewed on Global News “Think you are unbiased? Think again” by Farah Nasser, June 12 , 2019.
- Shakil Choudhury interviewed by News 11:30 on “How to stop a hate crime before it starts” by Rogers Media, May 7, 2019.
- Shakil Choudhury interviewed on TV Ontario The Agenda “ “The Hole in Racial Justice” with Steve Paikin January 16 , 2019.
- Shakil Choudhury article in Principal Connections,“ “A Neuroscience Perspective on Systemic Discrimination”” Fall 2018, Volume 22, Issue 1.
- Shakil Choudhury interviewed on The Sunday Edition with Michael Enright“ What do we actually mean by “diversity”?” December 11, 2016.
- Shakil Choudhury interviewed on Wisconsin Public Radio, Joy Cardin Show“How To Overcome An “Us vs. Them” Tendency,” February 22nd, 2016.
- Shakil Choudhury quoted in Chatelaine, “Muslim women fear for their safety. Trump’s not helping,” December 10th, 2015.
- Shakil Choudhury on TV Ontario The Agenda with Steve Paikin, “Diversity: Not So Black and White” December 4th, 2015.
- Shakil Choudhury quoted in Don Pittis, “Best antidote to terrorism is immigrants’ economic success,” CBC News, November 20th, 2015.
- Shakil Choudhury on Metro Morning with Matt Galloway, “The Muslim Backlash” following the terrorist attacks on Paris, November 18, 2015.
- Shakil Choudhury on Redeye Collective Podcast “Deep Diversity,” November 4th, 2015.
- Shakil Choudhury on TV Ontario, The Agenda with Steve Paikin, on “Understanding Police Bias,” October 22nd, 2015.
- Shakil Choudhury interviewed in the Toronto Star, “Unconscious bias plays role in policing, author says,” October 21, 2015